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Uzbekistan

With frequent direct flights from Europe and the middle East, extensive infrastructure and, most importantly, the cream of Central Asian architecture, Uzbekistan is becoming an increasingly sophisticated travel destination.

In the north is Khiva, a once ruined desert town that has been magnificently restored through Soviet and UNESCO funded projects. One of the oldest towns in the world, to its south and across the desert, lies Bukhara with a wealth of architectural heritage dating from its days as one of the principal Silk Road cities. In the former Khanate Samarkand the bright mosaics and domes of Registan square, the finest Islamic ensemble in Central Asia, together with the tomb of Tamerlane, are an abrupt contrast to the more muted colours of Bukhara.

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Bolo Hauz Mosque Bukhara
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